String Quartets, Vol. 3
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The third recording in this important series of David Diamond's string quartets.

David Diamond composed his First String Quartet in 1940, at the age of 26 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. His work, which was dedicated to Hermann Broch, resulted in a New York Music Critics Circle Nomination in 1940 and, together with his Symphony No. 1, the Prix de Rome in 1942. The work has been cited as being "laid out in three continuous sections. By turns melodiously serene and harmonically spiky, always rhythmically robust. It is the work of a young composer fully secure in his mastery over the formal elements of music." (Bret Webb 1997). Diamond completed his Fifth Quartet in 1960, which was premiered by the Juilliard String Quartet in the Juilliard Concert Hall, New York, on February 10, 1961. "My Fifth String Quartet was begun on February 2, 1960, and completed on June 5, 1960, in Florence, Italy. The work is cyclical in formal conception. All three movements are thematically related. The principle of constant variation governs the thematic, harmonic and rhythmic invention; and strong dynamic contrasts emphasize it." In 1962, Diamond completed Quartet No 6, composed in honor of Darius Milhaud's 70th birthday. The first performance took place at Butler Auditorium in Capen Hall, Buffalo, N.Y. on December 5, 1963 by the Beaux-Arts Quartet, with the composer in attendance. This series of the complete string quartets by David Diamond is one of the finest series to appear on Albany Records and has been doing exceedingly well, both with the critics and the public. In the program booklet, after the introduction to each of the quartets is an interview with Mr. Diamond in which he talks about the circumstances that led to each composition. These interviews help make an already impressive document, just that much better.
David Diamond, composer
String Quartet No. 1
Potomac String Quartet

David Diamond, composer
String Quartet No. 5
Potomac String Quartet

David Diamond, composer
String Quartet No. 6
Potomac String Quartet

"Beautifully prepared and played, this is music-making of the highest calibre." (Gramophone)

"...the music has a strong sense of shape, line, and direction, which is just the ticket...This is by no means easy listening, but it is worth the time and rewards repetition. ... Good stuff!" (
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